Everton’s transfer deadline day has been in tune with the rest of their window – quiet and not a lot going on.
Rafa Benitez has spent just £1.7m in the market so far but the Toffees are closing in on a few more signings before the 11pm deadline.
While Everton undergo negotiations with Porto for a swap deal involving James Rodriguez and Luis Dias, Benitez and Marcel Brands are still awaiting phone calls elsewhere.
That’s because they’re aiming to bring in a striker and a right-back before the deadline. The Toffees are notably in the market for Salomon Rondon, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles could still join despite Arsenal rejecting their offer for the versatile youngster on Monday.
However, providing the latest on what’s happening at Goodison Park today, Sky Sports reporter Vinny O’Connor said on their deadline day coverage:
“What I have been told is that it could be a late one here. Everton also want to bring in a right-back. We’re awaiting developments on who might come in as competition for Seamus Coleman. It’s very important that Everton get a striker in too; Salomon Rondon is the option Everton are looking at.
“It’s our understanding that they’re still working on getting Rondon in. We’re expecting a late one here at Everton.”
With that update from O’Connor in mind, it looks as though Everton supporters can begin to get excited as the transfer window comes to a close.
It’s not been the best market for the Toffees, but if they are able to secure back-up for Dominic Calvert-Lewin and bolster their options at right-back, it can be considered a good window.
Although a more notable forward would presumably be preferable, it’s hard to complain with any signing on deadline day. After all, Benitez could be on the verge of signing two Premier League proven players here.
Maitland-Niles, meanwhile, has been a vibrant prospect after coming through the academy ranks of Arsenal. He is an FA Cup winner and showed during his time on loan at West Brom last season that he can perform regularly in the Premier League.
Benitez’s signings, specifically Demarai Gray with his two goals, have hit the ground running, so fans should back these potential acquisitions to do the same. This is an exciting time for all involved at the club.